Friday, 29 May 2020

US launches air strikes against pro-Iranian group in Iraq

Updated: March 13, 2020 11:50 am

US military launched air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton soldiers in a rocket attack. US air strikes targeted Hashed al-Shaabi positions in multiple provinces across Iraq, targeting logistics nodes and drone storage units. Iran-backed armed faction Kataeb Hezbollah was also among those targeted the US military.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper had warned that all options are on the table to respond to the death of the three soldiers in a rocket attack on the Taji air base on Wednesday.

Fourteen others were injured in the attack, including Americans, British, and Poles soldiers.

The rocket attack sparked fears of a fresh escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, Washington has blamed Iran-backed factions from the Hashed al-Shaabi military network for recent similar violence.

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